So I was asked a while ago about mouthwash. Again, I only try to share the knowledge I have obtained from what I’ve learned in class, personally tried, or had a friend/family member or client(s) who have tried it. Below are two mouthwashes that may work for you and your family.
Using a natural mouthwash is beneficial because it’s cost effective, you can make it yourself and still experience good results. The herbal liquid extracts and essential oils help to maintain the natural balance of saliva, aiding in the natural process of the body’s digestive process.
First, we have a medicinal herbal astringent mouthwash that can help rid parasites and bacteria in the mouth. Parasites and bacteria can cause a challenge in having healthy gums.
Using an antimicrobial herbal astringent mouthwash can help to improve the conditions of the gums.
Here is a mixture of liquid extract herbs that can be used to improve the health of your gums, including but not limited to, Echinacea, Golden Seal, Myrrh, Oak Bark and a little of Peppermint Oil to help improve the taste.
The benefit of using Echinacea is that it is antimicrobial. It boosts the immune system, and can draw out infections. Antimicrobial means that it is an agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth.
Goldenseal has strong antibacterial properties that can fight the bacteria in the mouth which may cause gum disease and denture odor. It is also used for sore throats and to boost the immune system.
Myrrh helps to preserve the gums. It is an antiseptic/oral disinfectant and tissue tonic. It helps with gum infections, tones and strengthens gums and helps gums that are already inflamed. Antiseptic means relating to, or denoting substances that prevent the growth of disease causing microorganism.
White Oak Bark has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used to tighten gum tissue around loose teeth and used for bleeding gums. It helps to heal damaged tissue and has a cleansing effect on the mouth and helps reduce inflammation.
Peppermint Oil is used to help keep the bacteria away and to help freshen the breath, leaving that fresh minty feel and taste.
Add the following herbal liquid extracts to one (1) ounce of water inside a sterile glass jar/bottle that you will use to store the mouthwash.
5 drops of Echinacea
5 drops of Goldenseal
5 drops of Myrrh
5 drops of White Oak Bark
1 drop of Peppermint Oil.
Shake the mixture well and then start rinsing. Make sure you swish it all around the mouth and gums for at least one (1) minute and then spit it out. You can follow by brushing your teeth thereafter so it can help rid the strong taste of the herbs. Remember, do not swallow the mouthwash.
Using an antimicrobial mouthwash, which has a more pleasant taste can be used on a daily basis or as a follow-up to the astringent mouthwash mentioned-above.
For this mouthwash, place the following mixture in 12 ounces of distilled water:
6 drops of peppermint oil
4 drops of tree tea oil.
Shake the mixture well and then start rinsing, swishing all around the mouth and gums. This mouthwash will leave your mouth feeling fresh and minty. Remember to only use good grade/high quality liquid extracts and oils, even if you have to pay a little more. This is your health so invest wisely.
Here are possible links where you may find some quality products. Also do your own research for quality products. Just copy and paste the link(s) in your browser.
Thank you and good luck!
Candee, A. and Andrusi, D. (2000). Gentle Healing for Baby and Child; A Parent’s Guide to Child-Friendly Herbs and Other Natural Remedies for Common Ailments and Injuries. New York, New York: Pocket Books.
Hoffman, D. (1984 & reprinted 1994), The New Holistic Herbal; A Herbal Celebrating the Wholeness of Life. Brisbane, MA: Element Books Limited.
Hoffman, D. (1998). The Herbal handbook; A User’s Guide to Medical Herbalism. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press.
Learning Herbs. Holistic Dental Health and Homemade Mouthwash. In Body Care by Rosalee de la Foret (11/1/2001). Retrieved from www.learningherbs.com.
E-how. What are the benefits of GS Root? By Kelli Conner. Retrieved by E-How.com
Health Teeth Naturally. 2009-2015. Retrieved from healthyteethnaturally.com.
Herbs for Healthy Gums by Kitai. May 22, 2012. Herbs for Natural Dental Care. Retrieved from chakra4online.com.
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